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Brandon Leake, spoken word poet wins season 15 of America's Got Talent 2020 (1 Viewer)

PiP

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Co-Owner
Congratulations!

Wow! The first spoken word poet on AGT and he wins! What a great boost for poetry. Make yourself a coffee, pour yourself a beer or whatever and take 15 minutes to listen to his poetry. I was blown away.

[video=youtube;SaPXcg7lLfg]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaPXcg7lLfg[/video]

Spoken word adds a whole new dimension to poetry. We write poetry, we read it aloud with passion but will a 3rd person reading the written word really project with the same passion?

I am hooked!

Brandon Leake is an inspiration.
 

Theglasshouse

WF Veterans
That's inspirational in the sense poetry makes a televised appearance. I hope more poetry gets exposure on tv. That would be a smart move. Also, competition with poetry could be a good way to make people turn on their tvs. Poetry is brief and tv makes it a good way to expose people to poems. So hopefully poetry appears in tv more so than just spoken poetry.
 
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Phil Istine

WF Veterans
Hearing poetry spoken certainly adds to it, which is why I sometimes read work aloud that I see on here. Tim seems to have taken it to another level as well. Recently on Facebook, I came across a former schoolteacher who first awakened me to poetry when I was maybe 10 years old. He posts videos on Facebook of himself reading poems - though not his own. Astonishingly, he actually remembers me from 53 years ago, but it's fair to say that I stood out for various reasons - some positive and some less so.

Having poetry on a general talent contest is something else though. I won't view it tonight as I'm pretty tired, but I will take a look soon.
 

rcallaci

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Administrator
Holy Sh*t now that some great poetry- This guys is passionate and reads his work like a veteran actor. Spoken Word will be on the rise--Pip now I'm excited...
 

PiP

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Tim seems to have taken it to another level as well.
Yes, I listening to the way Tim performs his poetry. One of my favourites he allowed us to include the WF member poetry podcast

Hearing poetry spoken certainly adds to it, which is why I sometimes read work aloud that I see on here.
Yes, I always read poetry aloud, but I wonder if the way I read it is as the poet intended


Recently on Facebook, I came across a former schoolteacher who first awakened me to poetry when I was maybe 10 years old. He posts videos on Facebook of himself reading poems - though not his own. Astonishingly, he actually remembers me from 53 years ago, but it's fair to say that I stood out for various reasons - some positive and some less so.

I am sure he must have recognised you had talent even back them

Having poetry on a general talent contest is something else though. I won't view it tonight as I'm pretty tired, but I will take a look soon.

Hopefully you will have time in the next few days ... :) Trust me, it's worth it.
 

PiP

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Holy Sh*t now that some great poetry- This guys is passionate and reads his work like a veteran actor. Spoken Word will be on the rise--Pip now I'm excited...
haha... I'd love to hear you reading your beastie poems!
 

Gumby

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Holy Sh*t now that some great poetry- This guys is passionate and reads his work like a veteran actor. Spoken Word will be on the rise--Pip now I'm excited...

It really is an exciting breakthrough for poetry. The passion and his ability to bring his poetry to life...you have to admire that.
 

Tiamat

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As someone who's really bad at appreciating written poetry, I've adored spoken poetry since I originally came across it about five or six years ago. This guy just blew me away. Gave me goosebumps, chills, the whole nine. It makes me want to actually watch America's Got Talent--and maybe I even will if they get more people like him on there. Really really awesome poetry. Thanks so much for sharing this PiP. :)
 
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PiP

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As someone who's really bad at appreciating written poetry, I've adored spoken poetry since I originally came across it about five or six years ago. This guy just blew me away. Gave me goosebumps, chills, the whole nine. It makes me want to actually watch America's Got Talent--and maybe I even will if they get more people like him on there. Really really awesome poetry. Thanks so much for sharing this PiP. :)
It was -xXx- who brought it to my attention and like you I was blown away. I wonder if spoken word poetry is written more in prose format. I'd love to see a hard copy of the poems Brandon read.
 

-xXx-

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Spoken word adds a whole new dimension to poetry.
We write poetry, we read it aloud with passion
but will a 3rd person reading the written word really project with the same passion?
<snip fuse snip>
I wonder if spoken word poetry is written more in prose format.
i like to use eric clapton layla for these kinds of wonderings.
i don't read or interpret my own writing the same over time.
i see that as a positive.
i don't think i know of any real absolute statics.

spoken word runs the full gambit as other art forms do.
many people experience change from thought
to word
to word spoken
to word spoken before open ears
as transformative progression.
yes.
conventional poetic forms are regularly shared.
no.
there is no special emphasis on poetic prose
or performance in many groups/communities.
it can spontaneously occur during poet immersion experience.

Having poetry on a general talent contest is something else though.

imho (still unqualified to have any opinion on anything)
brandon is to (media) communications
what
metallica is
to their presentation/interpretation
within the music spheres.
remember how long they were not acknowledged
despite
the empirical measure of sustained sales
which was touted as the industry standard measure.
hypocrisy could no longer hide.

don't underestimate the connotations.
media.
refer to the visual, audio aspects of his word presentation.
communications.
truth.
personal face, global connection point, tight focus, transmit evocative/transformative emotion.
non-threatening and rehumanizing.
this/his moment validates.
words are vital.
...words will never hurt me....
death of a common complex embedded social management tool cascade.
as communications/arts reorganize
HE
is a template
for
everyhere evernow.

jussayin'
:)
now double check judge reaction.
howie uses language professionally.
his critical contribution to this moment
-his moment of recognition-
-the maturing of that cascade-
validation of not just value, but value vital to this now

howie IS successful connection with reader/listener/other-than-poet

see the wonder of it?
:D
yes.
i can try to convert much of the above
into conventional written communication structures.
if i must.
k.
 
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PiP

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When we close our eyes and just listen to his voice can we achieve the same connection? For me, removing the visual aspect, made his words MORE powerful because I was not distracted.
 

-xXx-

Financial Supporter
today,
i call you
shakespeare
chaucer-cicero-d'ante
aquinas
move
ing(s)

balcony-stair-bridge-pier
open air
open ear

listen
hear

;)
 

clark

Met3 Member
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Chief Mentor
A lot of kudos for Brandon's performance here. I add my praise to the general lot. I also feel that it's super-great to see poetry so move the young voters that Brandon won their votes. This might mean that the collective unconscious of young people is starved for real feeling and real emotion, rather than the thunka-thunka-thunka boombox bullshit that characterizes much of the music young people favour.

I like spoken word and performance poetry . . .as long as I remind myself that the key is the PERFORMER, not the poetry. Without his superb ability as an actor, some sections and subsections of Brandon's poem would be as flat as piss on a plate. Or mawkish and overdone. Or just prose. The performer is so critical to Spoken Word that it is actually unfair to put the words flat on a page and try to deal with them as only Written Word.

If you're unfamiliar with KATE TEMPEST, you might check out her numerous readings on YouTube. She recites 25-minute poems with nary a note. And it isn't impromptu--da beat, occasional rhyming sections, and other poetic devices throughout, indicate that the pieces are carefully crafted as well as creative and thoughtful.
 

-xXx-

Financial Supporter
The performer is so critical to Spoken Word that it is actually unfair to put the words flat on a page and try to deal with them as only Written Word.

let's pretend
that what is written
is intended to be read
that which is read
is intended to be said
that which is said
is intended to be heard
that which is heard
is communicated through word

i might suggest that form (poetic, etc)
assists in study of art and science
of linguistic elements,
much as musical scales
assist in exploring relationships
between tones.

i might further suggest
that a musical composition
reflects understanding
of scales
and interplay,
as do linguistic compositions.

i might suggest that the fit, form and function
of brandon leake's work
is poetry.

i might suggest that the tools
with which he crafts his work
are poetry.

i would also suggest that,
as in many arenas of contemporary life,
conflict intensifies
where ritual collides.


i invite you to celebrate
the enormous contribution this gifted language crafter
is making at this time, in this multifaceted reality set.

i am confident
he is celebrating
your craft
by gifting
everyone
equally.

let's pretend.

*his accomplishment*
*in no way*
*diminishes*
*the works of other poets*

:)
 
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clark

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My comments below are exclusively on the text of -xXx-'s posts.

1. post#15 closes with this offer:

i can try to covert much of the above
into conventional written communication structures.
if i must.
k.

I would appreciate seeing the points made in "conventional . . . structures" because the staccato short-line style may blur some points in what appears to be a linear, sequential argument, I think in rebuttal of my suggestion that Spoken Word text alone might not fare too well if experienced without a performer.

2. My post was not a negative comment on Brandon's performance. Far from it: I was quite enthralled. My post was an attempt to describe, not criticize, the various factors implicit in Spoken Word that are not assumed in 'normal' poetry. First, a Spoken Word piece is a script, a guide for the performer, not a polished poem. Such 'polished' conventional poems are often heavily edited on numerous occasions as the poet struggles to get on the page exactly what she/he wants.

3. I got from -xXx-'s posts a reverential tone towards Brandon's performance as an example of a "new" poetry which brought the Art form to the people ,and that gift is what is needed in the NOW:

many people experience change from thought
to word
to word spoken
to word spoken before open ears
as transformative progression.
yes.
conventional poetic forms are regularly shared.
no.

From this, "conventional poetic forms" are seen as Old School, static linguistic forms that should be supplanted by Spoken Word, because conventional poetry lacks social utility. As a use of the Word it is moribund; Spoken Word stands as the instrument of "transformative progression" which will bring poetry back to the people.

The assumption here is that conventional poetry has a burden of social responsibility to the Now which it has not and does not accept. This seems important to the argument.

4. If my last remark is accurate--and it may not be--the core assumption needs to be challenged. For a very long time, conventional poetry has attempted to capture in words the poet's sense of some kind of vision, specific idea or expansive ideal, expressed hope, celebration . . .much more. "The right words in the right order". That many poets revise, revise, revise is an indication of the precision of both process and final copy. That final copy is considered a work of Art . . .an interactive work of Art which requires a reader to complete it BUT, though poetry IS sound and rhythm and music and is enriched when heard as well as read, it need not necessarily be performed.

To be experienced fully, Spoken Word must be performed.

I see no problem whatsoever in Spoken Word and conventional poetry existing side-by-side in the canon of poetic forms. It's all good. Each form fulfills needs for different audiences. One need not supplant the other. One is not "better than" the other.
 
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